Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG415H1F L0201

ENG415H1F    L0201    R3-5
Advanced Studies Group 1: Postcolonial Theory Today
Professor Rijuta Mehta

Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room TBA
Email: TBA.

Brief Description of Course: If there is a single thread that runs through scholarly investigations of colonialism, it is the recognition that critical thought is a right response to acts of domination and resistance. Since the publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism in 1978, the field of Postcolonial Studies has coalesced around a critical attitude that contests dominant modes of knowledge and power. This course will introduce you to key concepts and historical debates that constitute thinking in the field of Postcolonial Theory. We will engage with foundational texts from the 1980s and 1990s as well as contemporary theories formulated in the wake of the “war on terror.” We will look closely at what theorists of colonial power have had to say about the workings of capitalism, racism, patriarchy, humanitarianism, and the like. In turn, we will seek to identify the specific conceptual work undertaken within the rubric of Postcolonial Theory, especially in relation to the aesthetic production of fiction, non-fiction, photography, documentary media, and narrative cinema. Throughout the course, we will also draw connections between Postcolonial Theory, Critical Race Theory, and Settler Colonial Studies, examining these adjacent fields as informed by the desire to invent different ways of thinking/being against colonialism.

Required Reading: TBA.

First Three Authors/Texts:  TBA.

Method of Evaluation: TBA.

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